Maria Grace Saffery

Short Name: Maria Grace Saffery
Full Name: Saffery, Maria Grace, 1773-1858
Birth Year: 1773
Death Year: 1858

Saffery, Maria Grace, née Horsey [sic. Andrews], born in 1773, and died March, 1858, was daughter of the Rev. J. Horsey, [sic. She was not the daughter of J. Horsey. J. Horsey was a friend of her husband's] of Portsea, and wife of the Rev. Mr. Saffery, pastor of the Baptist Church at Salisbury. Early in life she published a short poem and a romance, and in 1834, a volume entitled Poems on Sacred Subjects (London, Hamilton, Adams & Co.). Mrs. Saffery was a gifted and accomplished woman. At the suggestion of her husband, and of her son, the Rev. P. J. Saffery, she wrote many hymns for special occasions. She contributed ten to Dr. Leifchild's collection, and others to the Baptist Magazine and other periodicals. Some time before 1818 she wrote a hymn on Holy Baptism, "Tis the Great Father we adore," which was printed in the Baptist New Selection, 1828, has since appeared in most Baptist hymnbooks, and is now in common use; and sometimes as, “’Tis God the Father we adore." Her hymn of a Mother for her Child, "Fain, O my babe, I'd have thee know," is in the Comprehensive Rippon, 1844. Her Evening hymn, "God of the sunlight hours, how sad," from her Poems, &c, 1834, p. 183, and her Good Shepherd, “There is a little lonely fold," from the same, p. 172, are also in common use. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907), corrections provided by Serena McLaren, Maria Saffery's 3rd Great Granddaughter

Texts by Maria Grace Saffery (10)sort descendingAsInstances
Around the sparkling fountainMaria Grace Saffery (Author)2
Fain, O my child, I'd have thee knowMaria Grace Saffery (Author)8
God of the sunlight hours, how sadMaria Grace Saffery (Author)21
Kindred, and friends, and native landSaffery (Author)2
O Lord, we in thy footsteps treadMaria Grace Saffery (Author)6
Savior, we seek the watery tombMaria Grace Saffery (Author)12
The footsteps of Jesus follow each dayMaria Grace Saffery (Author)2
There is a little, lonely foldMaria Grace Saffery (Author)19
'Tis God the Father we adoreMaria Grace Saffery (Author)18
'Tis the great Father we adoreMaria Grace Saffery (Author)6
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